An easy recipe for Blackberry Crostata (or mixed summer fruit) that you can cook directly on the grill!
And since our kids are gluten free and dairy free we’ve taken our favorite summer grilled dessert, Grilled Blackberry Crostata, and made it GF and DF friendly!
One of the first things we cooked up when we moved to our farm was a berry crostata. We are surrounded by fruit trees and berry bushes, in addition to 4 acres of hazelnut trees and couldn’t resist picking ALL the late summer fruit since we’d never experienced so much before. It was late-August and everything was ripe, sweet, and delicious.
Since we grill most of our meals anyways we decided to cook the crostata on the grill instead of the oven, and it turned out fantastic! So that’s the way we’ve been cooking them ever since.
You’ve gotta make a few adjustments to your cooking times when cooking pastry dough on the grill, and trust your gut and the look of the crust, vs. cooking to a target time, but if you can do those things you can make some incredible desserts right on your grill.
We started cooking desserts like this on our grill using regular flour, and have adjusted to gluten free flour for our kids. The results are great no matter what kind of pastry flour you use to cook on the grill.
What’s the difference between a Crostata and a Galette?
Nothing really! They’re both rustic baked treats made with pastry dough, folded free-form, and piled with fresh fruit in the center. They can also be savory.
Crostata is the Italian term, and Galette is French.
Now if you’re thinking of a tart, those are different in that those are cooked in a tart pan, vs. rustic and free-form like a Galette or Crostata.
The first time I ever made anything like this I used an Ina Garten recipe, and hers was a Crostata. So I’ve stuck with that name ever since.
The Best Gluten Free and Dairy Free Pastry Dough to Grill
I’m no expert in this realm, but I do know how to do my research. And after researching and trying different variations I went with the experienced flour experts at Bob’s Red Mill after reading this article on adapting pie crust recipes to vegan and best fats to use for a flaky crust.
I also don’t claim to be a gluten free ninja, making my own all purpose mixes, so we use the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour Mix. This is different than their AP flour, and their GF Pie Mix. And no, this post is not sponsored by Bob’s. I’ve just tried several store bought dough mixes and this one works the best for grilling.
At the recommendation of the article mentioned above I subbed Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Sticks for the fat. I’m not in love with Earth Balance (and would prefer not to use it), but it did indeed work best after testing it several times with different butter substitutes.
The only other thing I’d say I did different than Bob’s pastry recipe is that you’ll need a little more liquid than it recommended. The recipe calls for 4-6 tablespoons of liquid, I use closer to 6-8 tablespoons. I also added some sugar for added flavor.
What Fruit to use for the Filling for Grilled Blackberry Crostata
Whatever combination you desire!
We tried it three ways just last week alone. One with strictly blackberries. One blackberries and peaches. One with blackberries, peaches, and blueberries.
The blackberry peach combo was my favorite.
I recommend a combination of 2 or 3 fruits.
But whatever you do stick to 2 cups of fruit total for standard sized 9” pie crust.
How to Grill a Crostata (or Galette)
The important thing to note is we used a pizza stone in our Big Green Egg. We purchased ours from a local hardware store, but it is very similar to this pizza stone.
We’ve used the same method in our Weber Kettle Grill too (also with a pizza stone), with similar success, but there are important factors to consider.
Grills for baking can be fickle. Unlike an oven with consistent temperature, you have to deal with temperature swings and a very hot flame. We like to make sure we minimize the swings by cooking on a pizza stone and keeping the charcoal to a minimum.
Grilling pastry is best done with an indirect heat. If you try with direct heat (and a stone), you run the risk of cracking the stone, or burning the bottom of the crostata. Which is why we use the Big Green Egg and their heat plate or Eggverter in addition to the pizza stone.
On a Weber kettle be sure to avoid too much flame, keep the coal to either side of the grill so the fire isn’t “cooking” your pan or stone. Then cook for the normal time frame. With other grills you just want to keep the dough from any direct heat (or flame), and cook it with indirect heat trying to keep your temperatures between 375-400 degrees F.
This is a similar process to cooking pizza on a grill.
Grilled Blackberry Crostata Recipe
What if I’m not gluten free or dairy free?
Lucky you. j/k
Just use your favorite pie crust recipe to sub for this one, or make it even easier on yourself by buying a store bought pie crust.
The cooking process on the grill remains the same. Before this year we were using traditional pastry dough on the grill using the same method with great success.
What if I don’t have a grill? Will this recipe come out the same in the oven?
Follow the same recommendations on temperature. Cook at 400 degrees for approximately 35-45 minutes, or until the crust looks browned and the filling has thickened and bubbling.
If you’re going the GF/DF route the color of the dough won’t get as golden as using traditional dough because there is no real butter, but it will change color slightly. You can also touch it to see if it feels crispy.
Do I need to cook it on a pizza stone?
On the grill, yes! That is our recommendation. Look for something similar to this stone.
In the oven, no. If you’re cooking it in the oven you can cook it on a baking sheet or a stone (whatever you have). The stone will yield a more crispy and even crust. Either way we do recommend placing parchment paper under the crostata for easy of transferring it to the stone (or baking sheet).
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What a gorgeous rustic dessert! Such a great way to enjoy all the end of summer berries. I was just wondering about the difference between crostata and galette, so I’m glad you included that section in your post. 😉
Erin @ Platings and Pairings says
I love that you made this beautiful dessert on the grill! It looks absolutely amazing Mary.
Hawnuh Lee says
Oh my gosh! This is beautiful and just the right end of summer dessert I was looking for. My sister is gluten free and I’m always trying to find new flavors for her. Can’t wait to try this 🙂